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Nonprofit Theater Playhouse on Park Supports Local Talent

By Kelly Church

With shows for all ages and interests, Playhouse on Park is a professional theater in Hartford, CT that is entirely not for profit. The organization's mission is to provide quality entertainment that is affordable for the entire community. For eight seasons, the team behind Playhouse on Park has done just that.

"It isn't very often that you come across a professional theater that is also non-profit, but that's what you'll find in Playhouse on Park," Meredith Atkinson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, said. "Since day one, the goal of Playhouse on Park has been to provide the greater Hartford community with quality and professional entertainment at an affordable cost."

Playhouse on Park's eighth season started in the fall of 2016, but continues throughout through the summer of 2017. Coming up, the theater will show The Complete works of William Shakespeare, abridged and revised. Playhouse on Park's website lists it as a favorite of audiences. Just three actors will perform all 37 Shakespeare plays in just 97 minutes.

Playhouse on Park also offers a special reading series, called Playwrights on Park, to help writers develop their own original works to be produced in the theater. Writers can submit their plays throughout the year to the theater and a few will be selected to be read in front of an audience. Afterwards, the audience is invited to participate in a moderated discussion with the actors, director and playwright, providing feedback on the reading.

"We have set ourselves apart not only as a destination for taking in a show, but also as a resource for those who are cultivating their own talents related to theater," Atkinson said. "The Playwrights on Park Reading Series cultivates innovative original work by showcasing local playwrights."

Playhouse on Park was recently acknowledged by Money Magazine, being called the crowned jewel of the community. Reviews of shows at the theater have been included in The New York Times and The Hartford Courant. Playhouse on Park has also been dubbed the Best Professional Theater in CT by broadwayworld.com.

To view Playhouse on Park's schedule, visit playhouseonpark.com. Because the theater is a nonprofit, donations are welcome and can also be made online.

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